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Posts Tagged ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Jerry Lewis Still Hasn’t Forgiven Joan Rivers

Debuting tonight at 5 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Channel 99, Jerry LewisTown Hall chat with Maria Menounos is bound to be as memorable as that episode of Law & Order: SVU where he played the uncle of Richard Belzer‘s character.


At one point, Lewis brings up some old, unfinished Joan Rivers business:

“I always feel bad when somebody passes away,” Jerry told Maria. “Except if it was Joan Rivers.”

“Noooo, you don’t mean that!” countered Maria, to which Jerry gave a long, solemn nod. “You do??” He does.

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Sue Simmons Returns to TV as Law & Order Reporter

Her long-awaited TV news return was professional, albeit fictitious, but her casting was perfect!

Sue Simmons made her first television appearance since her divorce from WNBC in June. The anchor with 32 years of service at Channel 4 was hired as a reporter for the two-part season premiere of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU that aired last night, and there she was again on Channel 4.

Simmons was featured briefly three times during the two hours. Her first “scene” lasted approximately 20 seconds reporting the “breaking news” of the police commissioner’s resignation, watched from a hotel television. Those who stuck around for the second-half of the intense, extended episode were rewarded with more Sue.

In part two, Simmons was shown directly out of a commercial break on a TV in the show’s watering hole. Simmons appearing to be on the steps of criminal court in lower Manhattan giving another quick, flawless “breaking news” report before Richard Belzer heard enough.

Simmons had final moment in concluding the story arc. Not only did she have her longest on-air portion (about 30 seconds), but it was done as an actual report, seen directly on the screen without having to peer into a television. Simmons continued the report as a voice-over to the multiple arrests.

No word if she’ll have a recurring role as herself on the longtime NBC drama.

On Tuesday night, Simmons appeared on Joy Behar‘s Current TV show, giving her first interview since leaving WNBC.

Sue Simmons Heading to Prime Time, Making Acting Debut on Law & Order

You can’t keep a good anchor down!

In Sue Simmons‘ case, the legendary TV newsperson is trying her hand at acting. She’s joining the cast of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU for the two-part season premiere, according to the New York Post.

Simmons shot the episode in late July, and plays, who else, Sue Simmons! As the fictional Simmons, she’s seen covering breaking news, live on the scene of a scandal encompassing the NYPD, the DA’s office, and two escort agencies.

The season opener continues the story arc from last season’s finale, in which Captain Cragen finds a dead hooker in his bed.

Executive producer Warren Leight tells the Post that when the decision was being made to hire an actor or real newscaster, “six of us thought of Sue at the same time.”

Leight adds, “She said yes immediately. She was thrilled and had a great time.”

He says she didn’t need much coaching, and actually helped with some script adjustments.

“Simmons objected to using the word ‘burgeoning’ to identify the scandal in the episode,” Leight tells the New York Post.

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